Reasons for living

A short, incomplete list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

By Maroon Editorial Board

It’s ninth week. Finals are coming, the weather’s getting worse, and you have to start looking for a summer internship or a job. Life kind of sucks, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few things to be thankful for:

Rockefeller Chapel Carillon: The definition of holiday spirit.

Kimbark Liquors: The definition of holiday spirits.

The East Shuttle: The one time a week when it decides to show up on time really makes it all worthwhile.

Grounds of Being: By far the best and cheapest coffee on campus, now open late on Wednesdays.

MAC Apartments: Because we love when our front door, laundry room, and fire escape are all broken—it makes us appreciate the little things.

Hyde Park Records: We all need a place to feel like John Cusack from time to time.

The Seminary Co-op: For when you can’t turn to any other friend.

UCPD: Well, at least it’s not the UC Davis PD.

The Reg’s music collection: You haven’t listened to Giant Steps? Or Tchaikovsky’s 5th? Run to the 3rd floor of the Reg and get educated.

Tuesdays at Doc: Le Samourai. Breathless. The Red Circle. Enough said.

The Pub: Great service and an excellent selection of beers. Way ahead of that other popular Hyde Park bar.

Student supporters of socially responsible investment: All we can say is, keep fighting the good fight. We’re behind you.

Eckhart Library: It has every math book in existence, which, depending on your perspective, either makes it the coolest library on campus or the one most in need of burning.

The Shady Dealer: Though we’re not sure the admiration is mutual, we have to take our hats off to an excellent, hilarious campus publication.

Fourth Meal: Skipping breakfast doesn’t seem as bad when you can just have it at midnight.

CTA Bus Tracker: For its noble goal of assisting each and every student too lazy to walk the three short blocks to class.

The Occupy movement: It’s been five decades since any major movement united this nation’s youth. Give it time to grow, to organize: With support, these things work 99% of the time.

Harold’s Chicken Shack: Half a chicken, soggy bread, enough fries to feed every squirrel on campus, and a shot of coleslaw. For four dollars. Your wallet’s still full, and your stomach will be for days.

Study abroad: For getting us the hell out of here.

Flannel and plaid: Dear fabric of choice on campus: We love your cozy warmth, your hipster and mainstream appeal, and the way you make everyone look vaguely alike.

The swing bench in Snitchcock courtyard: The third best place to sit in Hyde Park, period.

Gates-Blake Quad: When a breeze blows through, the leaves descend in swirls and your heart just goes all American Beauty on you.

CCI: Because we’d be lost little lambs (read: Unemployed) otherwise.

Omeletes in the dining hall: The only thing to get excited about in the dining hall.

The lightsabers on the Midway: Don’t mug us, bro.

Using Maroon Dollars in the student cafes: Great for supporting our growing coffee dependency.

The Point: Pulled an all-nighter? Might as well bike to the Point to watch the sunrise.

Five Guys: Because we all need to feel like we’re in American Graffiti sometimes. And the crazy futuristic drink machines.

The plumbing in Pierce: Who needs Yellowstone when Old Faithful is one stall over?

Free samples at Treasure Island: Good for weekday snacking, Saturday night dinner, dates…

Being done with the Core (Bio): See “Useless to the core.”

Harper 24-hour study space: We may be the only college without 24-hour restaurants, but we sure can do our all-nighters in style.

Law School reflecting pool: Best skinny dipping opportunity this side of the Mississippi.

The fifth floor of the Reg: The only thing that can make a bag of Sun Chips taste better is the risk of being silently beaten to death by a rabid mob of Ph.D. candidates.

Midnight Soccer: Because not only do we prefer playing sports to watching them, we also prefer playing sports while being unable to watch them.

The weather so far this year: On an unrelated note, we are terrified for the weather later this year.

Everyone and everything we forgot: We’re sorry. Happy Thanksgiving.

The Editorial Board consists of the Editor-in-Chief, Viewpoints Editors, and an additional Editorial Board member.